Payroll tax scrapped for apprentices and trainees as career support strategy announced • Glam Adelaide


Prime Minister Steven Marshall addressed the South Australian public this morning. He announced today that social charges will be abolished for all apprentices and trainees over the next two years.

He said the decision was made to encourage employers to take on new apprentices and trainees.

“We want to make it more attractive to hire apprentices and interns,” Marshall said.

“We’re making sure we can get the skills in South Australia for the future.”

“We are implementing this reduction in social charges for two years; who knows what will happen on the track, there may be other areas that need to be stimulated.

Marshall said there were a lot of new apprentices and trainees hired and the new announcement will go even further.

“We have created 52,000 beginnings in South Africa since he came into government,” Marshall said.

“We now have over 3,000 employers who have taken on a new apprentice and trainee for the first time in South Australia.

He said employers will be able to hire new apprentices and trainees without excessive costs. He went on to say that the state government waiving payroll taxes on apprentices and interns will generate $18.2 million in savings for businesses and allow them to invest in more employees and skills.

The 2-year wage tax exemption relates to wages paid to eligible trainees and apprentices who start a new relevant training contract, entered into from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2024.

The new announcement follows the state government’s recent announcement of a new $20 million strategy to advance and modernize career education and guidance in schools. The new strategy is in place for public schools to help students find the jobs of the future.

The career education strategy will help students from grade 7 discover their passion in areas where real career opportunities exist.

It offers a new digital career diagnostic tool for grade 9 students that allows them to assess their strengths, aspirations, learning styles and preferences to help them realize their potential.

A Professional Career Service will be established for Grade 10 students, which will include a network of career counseling professionals who will provide advice and guidance to connect a student’s passions and strengths to their learning program upper secondary education and their post-school career path to professional success.

A Career Skills Exploration Game will be introduced for Grades 7 and 8 students, giving them the opportunity to identify their interests and passions and how these relate to a future career in a fun and interactive way.

The new career education strategy will complement industry-approved Flexible Industry Pathways (FIPs) and the recently launched Student Pathways website.

As part of this plan, the Student Pathways website will be expanded to support stronger connections between schools and employers that broaden students’ understanding of the world of work in different industries and professions.

This will include a dedicated section on the website to promote careers in a wide range of industries and professions through innovative experiences such as virtual work tours, webinars and online information sessions.

The student pathways website can be found at https://studentpathways.sa.edu.au/




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